With the continued rise in popularity of psychedelic plant medicines, concerns surrounding sustainable harvesting methods and safe administration by practitioners are growing. The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainable and safe use of traditional plants and enriching the communities who work with them.
As the global demand for entheogenic medicines grows, we are seeing a simultaneous rise in unsustainable harvesting, poaching, and related ecological damage. The question we, as responsible explorers of expanded consciousness, should be asking is, “What are the hidden costs associated with my personal path of healing through medicine work?”
I took the Nexian, Spice Sailor, to see a very special and pristine nature reserve in a national park where there were large mother seed trees of Acacia obtusifolia. We went simply to enjoy the presence of the trees and the bush. This was a sacred site, too sensitive to touch, I would have thought. To our dismay, every single mature tree was either dead or dying.
An interesting take on the recent study that found psilocybin actually decreases brain activity in certain regions, the connection this has with other instances of decreases leading to expanded awareness, and the possible implications for materialist interpretations of consciousness. It also highlights how it is necessary to read the studies themselves, as interpretations by journalists and media can at times be quite inaccurate.
We can collectively dream of worlds that surpass our wildest individual imaginings and bring them into being year-after-year—and we do. Is it really less conceivable that we could take actions in our daily lives to challenge the systems and structures that seek to deny us access to that which we need to survive?
Paul Stamets is a groundbreaking mycologist convinced that fungi can help save the planet, and for good reason. In this inspirational presentation he will wax eloquent on way more than simply psychedelic fungi. Prepare to have your mind blown; you might never look at fungi or even nature the same after this.
'Plants have an incredibly symbiotic relationship with insects to complete their life cycle....There was a very specific symbiosis with us, and whatever other animals that ate these fruits. We did them a favor by disseminating the seeds. They did us a favor by providing us with this neurochemical rich environment that contributed to the complexification of the human neural structure.'
During his time at art school, Shawn Thornton unknowingly developed cancer of the pineal gland. Curiously, as his condition progressed his art transformed into ever more complex and finely polished scenes that many find reminiscent to DMT experiences, often alluding to the mythology, symbolism, or biology surrounding the pineal gland. Here we take a quick look at his fascinating story and art.
The long awaited return of Snu Voogelbreinder's underground magnum opus is finally at an end. After an initial release of only 500 copies, Snu has now made the book available in .pdf format. With literally thousands of species discussed and meticulously referenced, it is regarded by many to be one of the most comprehensive and up to date references for psychoactive plants and animals in existence.